The TN (Triton Network) is a polycom unit that runs through the ICN (Iowa Communications Network) and is an IP based interactive televised classroom designed to help meet the needs of the students by allowing students to attend a class in their own community without compromising the education received from the structure of a live classroom.  Iowa Central offers televised classes at all three centers:  Fort Dodge, Storm Lake, and Webster City as well as the Clarion High School and the Eagle Grove Career Academy.  Students can participate and interact with the instructor and students at all the locations.  

The ICN offers two different styles of video/TV classrooms: traditional MPEG and the IP H.323.  The ICN connects approximately 900 sites or ICN/IP classrooms throughout Iowa through the fiber optic network. The network transmits video, voice, and data signals to specially equipped classrooms. Iowa Central is able to offer its own courses, as well as those of other Iowa colleges and universities, over the ICN and the internet.  The ICN has been around for many years but it’s always working to upgrade the infrastructure that allows the latest use of technology.  Any ICN room can connect to a Triton Network classroom.
As a student, you’ll be able to see, hear, and talk to the instructor and students at other sites but you won’t have to travel a long distance to partake in college courses.  If you are the type of student who:

  • prefers having an instructor present during class
  • prefers a scheduled class
  • asks questions during class
  • enjoys a non-traditional style classroom - yet with the conveniences and characteristics of a traditional setting
  • enjoys a challenge
  • is limited in travel time to school due to family or job
  • doesn’t want to travel because of the high cost of gasoline

… you’ll enjoy the convenience of the televised classes that Iowa Central Community College offers.

Video Classes available in five locations

Iowa Central Community College offers video classes over an IP based system using the ICN fiber.  Video classes are live classes where an instructor is teaching from one of Iowa Central’s three campuses but the class is sent to other Iowa Central locations.  This allows students opportunities to take college level courses in their own community, and in some cases, earn a degree without having to travel.

Iowa Central has three ICN-IP video classrooms at the Storm Lake and Webster City campuses and four IP video classrooms at the Fort Dodge campus.  These classrooms are equipped with the latest technology:  three large flat screens, live microphones, smart screens for instructors, DVD, Elmo (an overhead projector), and a laptop cart.  Students can view content (movies, power points, U-tube, overhead documents, etc.) as well as students and the instructor at other participating classrooms at the same time. 

To find out where an ICN classroom is located or for specific information about a classroom:

  • Click  https://idld.icn.iowa.gov
  • Click the region on the map that you need
  • Choose Region 5 for Iowa Central Community College
  • Click on location for address and other information about the location

High Schools that would like to receive a course that is already scheduled or if a high school is looking for a course that is not on the schedule, please contact the Distance Learning Office at 800-362-2793 ext. 1096, 1097, or 1098 or 515-574-1096, 574-1097, or 574-1098.

Come and be a part of the new live IP classroom and experience the latest in technology in the comfort of your community.  To see the video class schedules, click on the link in the upper right hand corner.